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Romeo and Juliet - Tragic, Not Stupid

By belbv123 Nov 16, 2008 637 Words
Romeo and Juliet is a story of a forbidden love between two teenagers from enemy families that is resolved in two tragic deaths. Romeo and Juliet were tragic and not stupid. They were two teenagers who fell in love, and it was not their fault their love turned to a tragedy. The main causes for the tragic end of the play were fate, the ancient feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, the way things had gone out of control for them and the fact they could not do anything about it.

One of the main reasons for Romeo and Juliet to be tragic is the feud between the Capulets and Montagues. The feud between them has lasted very long and even though nobody remembered what it started from, it is grown to a point that even the Prince couldn’t fully stop the fighting in the streets. The play's first scene was on a subject of a street fight and was when the Prince made the warning- “if ever you disturb our street again/your lives shall pay the forfeit of our peace”. This is exactly what happened to Romeo in the end – his and Juliet's life payed for this forfeit, but not for their own actions. Another point is that Romeo and Juliet fell in love before finding out they were enemies and they didn’t give up being together even though of all the difficulties. If they weren’t enemies they would be happily married to each other if they loved each other so much. Romeo and Juliet’s love can't be called stupid because if it was not for the feud, there would not be any tragedy at all.

Another reason for the crucial situation they were in was fate. Romeo and Juliet had an amount of different things intervene with them being together. First Mercutio was killed and Romeo had to fight Tybalt. Because Tybalt was dead, Juliet's father suggested that Juliet maybe should marry Paris right away. Another consequence of Tybalt's death was that Romeo got sent in exile. This is what Romeo says when he kills Tybalt: “O, I am fortunes fool” (3/1/133). Fate made Tybalt and Romeo have to fight and made Romeo kill Tybalt. Because of fate Romeo was sent to exile. They both let “faith direct their sale” and it led them to when it would lead them anyways. They felt all along that fate was going against them and they are right – both of them predicted their ends before they even fell in love, and nobody could change fate so you can't blame the teenagers for their tragic deaths – it was fate that controlled them and led to their deaths.

The bad timing and bad luck was also a very significant reason. The main thing about that is how Juliet woke up two minutes after romeo died. That was very unlucky and unfortunate. The friar also came just too late to stop romeo from taking the poison or killing himself otherwise. The friars message didn't reach to Romeo – that was pure bad luck. The quarantine of the second friar also compiles with fate – as does everything else. The whole tragedy slowly built up on everyone's but the teenagers mistakes.

To conclude, the two teenagers can not be called stupid – everything around them was the cause for their deaths, while they only did their best to be together. Immaturity and stupidity is very different things. Romeo and Juliet were as mature as some adults and not their mistakes put down their love. Too many things intervened, fate led them to death and the ancient feud also did not allow them to live happily together. Romeo and Juliet weren't stupid. They were just tragic and unlucky.

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